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  1. Mark Booth

    How are you dealing with life now with the Covid-19 virus situation?

    Clinton, Did either one of you lose your sense of taste or smell? Just curious. Hope you both feel better ASAP! Mark
  2. Mark Booth

    How are you dealing with life now with the Covid-19 virus situation?

    EVERYONE is going to eventually get COVID. Everyone except me and my wife (famous last words). At least, that's what we hope. We are among the very few that continue to wear KN95 masks RELIGIOUSLY when we are near others. We do not eat in indoor restaurants either. Nor even in a crowded...
  3. Mark Booth

    The COVID Vaccination Thread

    Yes! As I mentioned, he was disappointed about it. In other news.. This morning, I received shipping notification for my two packages of test kits from the latest round of freebies. The estimated delivery date was Saturday, June 4. Then, 45 minutes later, I received notification that my two...
  4. Mark Booth

    The COVID Vaccination Thread

    I received the 5-pack of Siemens tests during the previous round of free test kits. Those are dated November 2022 and they have remained unused (so far). All of the test kits I got before that were iHealth. ALL of them were dated to expire in either May or June 2022. All of those test kits...
  5. Mark Booth

    How are you dealing with life now with the Covid-19 virus situation?

    Have a friend that was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few days after his 65th birthday. He started chemotherapy last week and tested positive for COVID 2 days later. He's already taking an antiviral and reports feeling pretty good today. It looks like he'll only have to delay continued...
  6. Mark Booth

    How are you dealing with life now with the Covid-19 virus situation?

    The two friends I mentioned in my post above (Friday) are improving. She didn't get as sick as he did. His blood oxygen level had dropped to 92% on Saturday but started improving on Sunday. I believe about 90% is when the likelihood increases that you will need hospitalization. As of...
  7. Mark Booth

    The COVID Vaccination Thread

    At least one of our local school districts has just advised parents to expect the mask mandate to return in the near future. Mark
  8. Mark Booth

    Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

    It was like watching a train wreck. I was fascinated and horrified at the same time and I couldn't look away. Mark
  9. Mark Booth

    How are you dealing with life now with the Covid-19 virus situation?

    The event organizer just emailed all attendees to thank them for attending. He also mentioned that a handful of cases of COVID have been reported (believed to have been caught at the event) and encouraged everyone to get tested. A month ago, San Diego County was reporting about 100 new cases...
  10. Mark Booth

    How are you dealing with life now with the Covid-19 virus situation?

    The extra test kits came at a good time. I used 4 tests while I was at the big Magic Convention in Las Vegas. I tested myself every morning, before interacting with anyone else. Thankfully, all four times the tests were negative. A friend asked me what I would have done if I tested positive...
  11. Mark Booth

    How are you dealing with life now with the Covid-19 virus situation?

    Feel better soon, Wayne! Out of curiosity, did you test positive on a PCR test or via a home test kit? Mark
  12. Mark Booth

    How are you dealing with life now with the Covid-19 virus situation?

    I'm attending a magic convention in Vegas starting on Sunday. The Orleans Casino (where the convention is being held) has a theater-plex inside. I am considering seeing 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' while I'm there during some convention downtime. I would keep my KN95 mask on and skip...
  13. Mark Booth

    Amazon Prime Bosch: Legacy (Amazon Freevee)

    I have a funny feeling that the facial recognition defendant will be back in the story in later episodes. Mark
  14. Mark Booth

    Amazon Prime Bosch: Legacy (Amazon Freevee)

    We watched the first four episodes yesterday. We only planned to watch two, then watch the next two on Thursday to prime us for episode 5 on Friday. But after two episodes we were too darn hungry for more and we binged all four. Yes, gluttony is a sin but we couldn't help ourselves. :)...
  15. Mark Booth

    STAR TREK: Strange New Worlds

    I absolutely LOVED the premier episode of Strange New Worlds! This is the Star Trek I have been waiting for. Thank you, Paramount! Mark
  16. Mark Booth

    How are you dealing with life now with the Covid-19 virus situation?

    Yet another magician friend has tested positive for COVID. Mark
  17. Mark Booth

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Singin' in the Rain -- in 4k UHD

    My experience has been that I have been able to see minor issues when looking at streams from some of the streaming companies (particularly Hulu and Netflix). But streams from Apple, Amazon and Disney+ have been very solid for me. Apple's iTunes selections via my Apple TV+ box have been...
  18. Mark Booth

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Singin' in the Rain -- in 4k UHD

    Did Robert dive so deep he ran out of air? :oops: Looking forward to the results of your comparison, Robert! Mark
  19. Mark Booth

    Apple TV+ iTunes 4K Upgrades Thread

    In my experience, Apple provides a better quality stream compared to every other streaming service I've tried. Films consistently look outstanding when streamed from Apple's servers via my Apple TV 4K. In a blind A/B comparison of the same transfer (with the same HDR process), I do not believe...
  20. Mark Booth

    Apple TV+ iTunes 4K Upgrades Thread

    We watched 4K Dolby Vision Singin' in the Rain today via our Apple TV 4K. It looked fantastic. Gorgeous, nicely saturated colors. I seriously doubt the 4K disc looks much different, but I look forward to your report, Robert. Mark
  21. Mark Booth

    Apple TV+ iTunes 4K Upgrades Thread

    I gave Apple $9.99 to have the 4K Dolby Vision version of Singin' in the Rain. Mark
  22. Mark Booth

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Singin' in the Rain -- in 4k UHD

    I popped for the iTunes digital version in 4K Dolby Vision. I was planning to wait until the price dropped to $4.99 again, but $9.99 is still pretty reasonable. We plan to watch it this afternoon. Mark
  23. Mark Booth

    Blu-ray Review Hello, Dolly! Blu-ray Review

    I've seen that clip before. Are you sure it's not on the Blu-ray? Or, are you referring to a possible 4K Blu-ray? Mark
  24. Mark Booth

    How do you explain your love of physical media in an era of streaming?

    I never thought I would say this... My days of collecting movies on shiny discs are coming to a close. I still plan to buy certain films, perhaps even the occasional one on 4K disc. But the majority of my spending will be for digital versions via iTunes. And if the film is permanently...
  25. Mark Booth

    Apple TV+ iTunes 4K Upgrades Thread

    Hello, Dolly! dropped to $4.99 again and I pulled the trigger. Fingers crossed that (someday) there's a 4K upgrade. Mark
  26. Mark Booth

    Netflix Netflix (once again) Raises All Subscription Plans in U.S.

    BTW, if you are looking for a nifty streaming app that is completely free, I recommend 'Tubi'. Lots of terrific shows available and the commercial interruptions are far less frequent than broadcast TV. If Tubi were to offer a $4.99/mo ad-free plan, I'd be a subscriber. Mark
  27. Mark Booth

    How are you dealing with life now with the Covid-19 virus situation?

    COVID is starting to creep back into our lives again. We learned of a few friends that have caught it in the last week or so. I'm starting to get a little nervous about the Magic Convention I plan to attend next month. I was hoping that new cases would continue to decline but that doesn't...
  28. Mark Booth

    Netflix Netflix (once again) Raises All Subscription Plans in U.S.

    You need to look into it more, Ron. When we cut the cable cord several years ago, our combined Internet/Telephone (landline)/Cable TV bill was $235/mo with taxes. We had expanded cable (a couple hundred channels, most of which I never watched not even once) but did not have any premium...
  29. Mark Booth

    Channel Master DVR+ - Alternate EPG

    A centerpiece of my "cut the cord" project is a Channel Master CM-7500 DVR+ over-the-air recorder. When I purchased the DVR+, Channel Master was offering a "lifetime" electronic program guide (EPG) for no additional charge. Little did I know that "lifetime" meant something completely different...
  30. Mark Booth

    The COVID Vaccination Thread

    Well, if COVID vaccines were going to cause any serious side effects, it seems like this crazy guy would be the one to experience them. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-allegedly-up-to-90-covid-vaccine-shots-vaccination-card-sales/ :oops: Mark
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